By Ms. Jean G. Coquilla

By Ms. Jean G. Coquilla
School Head
Anibongan National High School
Lianga, Surigao del Sur

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” – Helen Keller

Education is not the sole responsibility of the school as it takes the whole village to educate a child. It is through partnerships that responsibilities are shared and divided. We are one with the shared vision of creating an educational landscape that promotes education “para sa bata, para sa bayan.”

On behalf of Anibongan National High School, I would like to commend the sterling and unwavering support of our stakeholders and partner agencies, to mention: Hon. Prospero “Butch” A. Pichay, Congressman of the First District of the Province of Surigao del Sur; his wife  Hon. Carla L. Pichay,  Mayor-elect  of Cantilan; Hon. Governor Manuel Alameda; Francis Cesar B. Bringas, CESO V, DepEd-Caraga Regional Director;  Dr. Fidela M. Rosas, CESO V, Asst. Regional Director;  Dr. Marilou B. Dedumo, CESO V, Surigao del Sur Division Superintendent; Regional and Division Office officials and personnel; Lianga 1 and 2 District Supervisors, School Heads and teachers; Local Government Unit of Lianga headed by Hon. Mayor Homer U. Pedroso; Sangguniang Bayan Members, Mayor-elect Novellita Sarmen, Hon. Nelsur Samuel P. Dollano, BLGU officials of Brgys. Anibongan, Liatimco and Baucawe; Provincial Health Office of Surigao del Sur; Dr. Merla T. Cubero, Prov’l Dentist III, PDRRMO, RHU Lianga; Dr. Leo Alfonso G. Sarmen, MH Officer of RHU- Lianga; CSCEC Construction Company, EastWest Rural Bank , DENR Lianga, CENRO Cliff Abraham, PNP Lianga, BFP Lianga, Dr. Hermelyn Casio- Rivas, alumni and medical volunteer, ANHS Alumni with Alumni President Ma. Theresa Espuerta, Dr. Renato Jose Villanueva, OPAG Surigao del Sur, Rhoderick Jay Villarina, Lianga District Nurse, DSWD Lianga, MLO Clarence S. Amper, Dr. Edwin Igsoc, Municipal Agriculture Officer, CM Tan Construction, Lianga Water District, Daisy C. De Castro, Fernandez Catering, Kansilad Beach Resort Catering, UNTV, SDS Division Media and Publication Team, Freelance Reporter Alvin Anonuevo, Parent and Student Volunteers in attendance, and SSG Officers.

True enough that through concerted efforts and collaboration, the dreams become realities; hopes become vision. Rest assured my dear partners and stakeholders that these endowments will be utilized for the maximum benefit of the learners, the teachers, and the entire community.

I implore that our parents and stakeholders in the community would take advantage of these endowments by supporting our children’s education. Through this partnership, let us create a space that is conducive to learners’ growth and development. Also, your contributions to the communities have uplifted people’s lives.

In return, we, in Anibongan National High School commit to provide quality education so our learners will become productive members of our communities where businesses thrive, families co-exist, and communities flourish in peace and prosperity.

It is with fervent hope, therefore, that this commitment to our partnership will continue to be strong so that, as one, we can achieve our goal of giving quality education – one that can be a potent weapon against many forms of poverty: emotional, intellectual, moral, and economic.

As St. Teresa of Calcutta said, “None of us, including me, ever do great things. But we can all do small things, with great love, and together we can do something wonderful.”

(NB. This article is the speech delivered by the author during the Kick-off ceremony of the 2019 Regional Brigada Eskwela on May 16, 2019 at the Anibongan National High School in Lianga, Surigao del Sur, first published in “An Madayaw,” the official publication of Surigao del Sur Division.)

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